Acts of the Apostles, Faith, Thanksgiving

God’s Provision

Acts 3:8 – And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

This is such a joyous verse (and it makes you want to sing the little chorus too). Peter and John were going to the temple for afternoon prayers and as they came to the gate, they saw a man begging. The man’s friends would carry him there every day so that he could ask for alms. Seeing Peter and John, he called to them, and he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. He only expected a few small coins but he received something far beyond his imagination.

Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”

Peter took the man’s hand and strength surged through his feet and ankles. You would think that he would stand tentatively, taking a few nervous steps, but no… leaping up he stood and began to walk. He walked straight into the temple with Peter and John, leaping and praising God the whole way.

This verse makes me smile so much as I picture this man with uncontainable joy, leaping through the courtyard to the temple. He knew that it was God who had done this miraculous thing for him and the first thing he wanted to do was offer his heartfelt thanks.

And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognised him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

What this man wanted was money to provide food for himself; what he needed was the ability to provide food for himself. This was a life turned around by the power of God’s provision.

God doesn’t ignore our wants; He looks beyond them to what we need and his provision for us is boundless.

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